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The Guardian’s Continuing Obsession with Mordechai Vanunu

Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?
Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu

In 1985 Mordechai Vanunu left his job as a technician at Israel’s nuclear installation in Dimona.  Before leaving, however, he stole several rolls of film about the facility, which he then used to help the U.K. Sunday Times write a story that purported to expose Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage in 1988 and was released after serving 18 years in prison.  After his release, he exclaimed that he was proud of what he did.

Vanunu is still subject to travel restrictions (and other limitations) as he continues to be considered a serious danger to Israeli security owing to the fact that he holds state secrets that have not yet been published and which he reportedly said he would reveal.  Israeli courts have upheld the legitimacy of the state’s concerns, ruling that Vanunu has not changed his ways and has “repeatedly violated their injunctions” by maintaining ties and contact with the media and other parties.

Naturally, Vanunu is something of a cause celeb at the Guardian, which has published no less than 75 separate pieces (reports and commentary) on the convicted Israeli felon, including an official editorial lauding him, entitled “In Praise of…Mordechai Vanunu.”

The latest Guardian entry is a boilerplate pro-Vanunu letter-to-the-editor entitled “Mordechai Vanunu’s Suffering,” April 19, and is signed by the usual cast of U.K. anti-Zionists, including several Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) “Patrons”: Tony Benn (PSC Patron), Ben Birnberg (War on Want), Julie Christie (PSC Patron), Jeremy Corbyn MP (PSC Patron), Kate Hudson (Stop the War Coalition), Bruce Kent (PSC Patron), and Roger Lloyd-Pack (who played Trigger in BBC’s “Only Fools and Horses”).

In a 2004 interview with Amy Goodman, published at the extremist site CounterPunch, Vanunu accused the Israeli government not only of unjustly imprisoning one man, but of “betraying all of humanity and the world.”

Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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85 Responses to “The Guardian’s Continuing Obsession with Mordechai Vanunu”

  1. HI Jewish Press.com and Adam Levick,
    Vanunu did NOT "steal" anything. Because he was a good worker on the night shift he was CROSStrained in many departments and when he Woke Up that he was NOT working in a textile plant as the sign out front said-but that everyone there were but a cog in Israel's 7-story underground WMD facility.
    THE TRUTH will set US All FREE of ZIONISM!
    GODSPEED on IT,
    little sister xoxe.

  2. PSS: LEARN about AMY GOODMAN's FAILURE to follow up on her 2004 interview which was major testimony in VANUNU's FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL–but good news is this little sister documented it ALL!

    http://wearewideawake.org/

  3. Pamela Brown says:

    Tired excuses aimed at getting people to dismiss the fact that Mordechai Vanunu is still looking for real freedom outside of Israel. He has no new information and is not a threat to the Israeli state. He is, however, a voice who refuses to be silenced by prison or slander. Let him go.

  4. Pedro Gomes says:

    Free Vanunu Mordechai. You have no memory at all.

  5. Israel is an apartheid state. Vanunu is a whistle blower. No government likes a whistle blower. Bradley Manning is an American example who must be punished not as a traitor but because he's an embarrassment to the crooks who want to keep their crimes secret. Let Vanunu go. He's already paid.

  6. Here are potent posters courtesy of US CAMPAIGN TO END the [US] Israeli Occupation/CONQUERING of Palestine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36469283@N02/8666190137/sizes/k/in/photostream/

  7. Here are potent posters courtesy of US CAMPAIGN TO END the [US] Israeli Occupation/CONQUERING of Palestine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36469283@N02/8666190137/sizes/k/in/photostream/

  8. Here is an excerpt from "30 MINUTES With VANUNU" taped a few weeks after his FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial began in 2006 INVITING all the USA Christians to come and see "The Real Wailing Wall".

    http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming

  9. Here is Vanunu in 2005 telling Bush where he could actually find WMD in the Middle East:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/eileenfleming

  10. "Is there really any mystery as to why Vanunu is so admired by the Guardian?" Because most thinking people admire him?

  11. When the Guardian demands Jonathan Pollard be treated fairly like all other similar cases then I will listen about Vananu.

    But in my opinion, he should have never been released from prison to his present apartment/house arrest in Jerusalem.

    Pollard could never damage the US now, but Vananu still could cause major damage.

  12. When the Guardian demands Jonathan Pollard be treated fairly like all other similar cases then I will listen about Vananu.

    But in my opinion, he should have never been released from prison to his present apartment/house arrest in Jerusalem.

    Pollard could never damage the US now, but Vananu still could cause major damage.

  13. Vanunu has been talking to anyone who will listen to him since 21 April 2004. He has nothing new to say beyond what he said on 4/4/2013: "Apr' 2013,The new interior minister Saar,will decide this month about my Freedom,either end this restridtion and let me leave this country,or he will have to cancel my israel citizenship.Freedom Now 1986-2013"

    On 21 December 2012, Vanunu wrote regarding his 19 month WAIT for Israel to respond to his appeal to revoke his citizenship, "The interior minister answer my letter to him to cancel my Israel citizenship. He wrote, I will be happy to do it, but security people don't recommend it because I can damage Israel image and security…"

    http://www.eileenfleming.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=29&Itemid=168

  14. Here is 3-D imagery that used Vanunu's photos that he snapped during a few intense hours in top secret locales within Dimona's 7-story underground WMD that Israeli media utilized and Vanunu uploaded to his YT Channel.
    Before I say good night from USA and good morning to Israel I must add what all the IOF told me when I crossed many checkpoints during my 7 trips to both sides of THE WALL:
    "Have a nice day!"

    DIMONA in 3-D

  15. Tim Read says:

    This is such a peculiar article typical of the right-wing Zionist outlook that puts the alleged "security" of the legally dubious "Jewish state" before any wider moral concern. For one, it appears that Vanu was acting on his own conscience in his exposure of the Israeli war machine – a machine which has, by all respectable standards, committed numerous war crimes and human rights abuses and, on such a score, continues to evade UN and ICC interference in the occupied territories/Gaza, even going as far as to mount unacceptable pressure on the Palestinian Authority to abandon any hope for ICC membership if it wished to have its bid for statehood recognised by Tel Aviv and other world powers. In this sense its downright strange as to why this author believes he and the Israeli legal establishment have the moral high ground, and it is, unfortunately, yet another case of bemusement on the part of the Zionist establishment as to why they encounter so much opposition and condemnation from the world's population.

  16. Tim Read says:

    This is such a peculiar article typical of the right-wing Zionist outlook that puts the alleged "security" of the legally dubious "Jewish state" before any wider moral concern. For one, it appears that Vanu was acting on his own conscience in his exposure of the Israeli war machine – a machine which has, by all respectable standards, committed numerous war crimes and human rights abuses and, on such a score, continues to evade UN and ICC interference in the occupied territories/Gaza, even going as far as to mount unacceptable pressure on the Palestinian Authority to abandon any hope for ICC membership if it wished to have its bid for statehood recognised by Tel Aviv and other world powers. In this sense its downright strange as to why this author believes he and the Israeli legal establishment have the moral high ground, and it is, unfortunately, yet another case of bemusement on the part of the Zionist establishment as to why they encounter so much opposition and condemnation from the world's population.

  17. Boni Hugo says:

    We know why we encounter so much oppostion . YOur posts sayin :recognised by Tel Aviv ,or zionist establishment remind me of Nazer of Egypt theratening us with destruction before 1967 . You sound the same.

  18. Boni Hugo says:

    And you know this because he told you so?

  19. Boni Hugo says:

    He has nothing new to say? and we are to belive a hater like you?

  20. PROVE YOUR SLANDER!
    I have written 4 books and over a thousand articles-IF you can find "hate" in anything I have written I WANT TO SEE IT!
    http://wearewideawake.org/

  21. PROVE YOUR SLANDER!
    I have written 4 books and over a thousand articles-IF you can find "hate" in anything I have written I WANT TO SEE IT!
    http://wearewideawake.org/

  22. Frank Barnaby was the Nuclear Physicist hired by the London SUNDAY TIMES to interview Vanunu just before he was KIDNAPPED by Mossad, testified at his closed door trial: "I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel's secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be acting ideologically.

    "Israel's political leaders have, he said, consistently lied about Israel's nuclear-weapons programme and he found this unacceptable in a democracy. The knowledge that Vanunu had about Israel's nuclear weapons, about the operations at Dimona, and about security at Dimona could not be of any use to anyone today. He left Dimona in October 1985."

    Vanunu told me: "All the secrets I had were published in 1989 in an important book, by [Nuclear Physicist] Frank Barnaby, “The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East."

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=26

  23. Joseph Banks says:

    Interesting perspective. Though do you really think he's a threat? I mean feels like he's a time cap from 1985. Most people would consider 2005 news archaic. Dosen't seem fair.

  24. Tim Read says:

    Yes Boni, by criticizing Israel I can indeed be equated with Arab Nationalism of the Nasser variety and all that goes with it. I mean obviously, who could possibly say that was an absurd leap to make? Nobody would surely dare.

  25. Pretending that criticism of any action of the Israeli government is anti-semitism is pathetic. It's as ludicrous as claiming that anyone who criticises any action of the US government is motivated by an irrational hatred of all Americans. No-one with such irrational views represents all Israelis never mind all Jews. Forward is far more representative of the range of opinion among Israelis and among Jews worldwide than either the Israeli government or this self-styled "Jewish Press".

  26. THANK YOU Duncan and PLEASE listen to Vanunu speak for himself:

  27. In this excerpt V Addresses Israel's Intent RE: Solitary Confinement

  28. This video with V was taped in 2005:

  29. Hi Tim i see you are in UK. Can you please alert The Guardian about the dialogue on this thread and PLEASE also join us at

    http://www.causes.com/Vanunu

  30. I want to say THANKS to The Jewish Press for the opportunity Levik's 'report' provided me to educate with FACTS. Now I want to INVITE all to the FB Cause dedicated to HELP FREE VANUNU and although V left FB in May 2012, the cause has doubled.
    Clearly, the longer Israel denies Vanunu his RIGHT to fade into the world the greater his legend will grow!
    http://www.causes.com/Vanunu

  31. Tim Read says:

    Sure thing, no worries!

  32. John Tyrrell says:

    The threat to humanity of nuclear holocaust is real. Vanunu opposes all states that hold the threat over us. When Israel decided to develop a powerful arsenal – more powerful than anything we have seen – he was acting on behalf of humanity. That's why is has widespread support around the world. No one can deny his courage in withstanding years in confinement and then standing by humanitarian principles denied by the state. He is right, they are wrong and many salute him for maintaining both his principles and his dignity. He speaks for the many while the few continue to pillory him, a story repeated over and over in the Bible.

  33. What is Unite Community?
    THANKS for doing something to HELP FREE Vanunu NOW!!!

  34. Pamela Brown knows it because she donated to Vanunu's USA Trust Fund and received a copy of my 3rd book: "VANUNU'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL and MY Life as a Muckraker 2005-2010" and learned many FACTS–and another is the longer Israel denies Vanunu his RIGHT to fade into the world the greater his legend will grow!

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=26

  35. Hey Boni i am still waiting for you to back up your BS and recommend you begin LOOKING in my Internet newspaper which I founded as a Public Service and labor of LOVE after my 1st of 7 trips to BOTH sides of The Wall.

    http://www.wearewideawake.org

  36. THANKS John Tyrrell and as you no doubt know, that in 1987 from Ashkelon prison, Vanunu wrote:

    "The passive acceptance and complacency with regard to the existence of nuclear weapons anywhere on earth is the disease of society today.

    "This struggle is not only a legitimate one – it is a moral, inescapable struggle.

    "Already now there are enough nuclear missiles to destroy the world many times over [and] this issue should unite us all, because that is our real enemy.

    "Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons?"

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2057&Itemid=246

  37. Where is Adam Levick and WHY is he so silent on what must be the most well read article of his career?
    Maybe he is busy LEARNING some facts here:
    http://www.causes.com/Vanunu

  38. Russell Dunkeld says:

    A voice who refuses to be silenced by prison or slander. Let him go!

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